The Australian entertainment industry is in shock following the sudden death of record company boss and promoter Michael Gudinski.
The man regarded as the father of Australian music died suddenly overnight.
He was 68.
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After starting his career promoting local dances as a teen, Gudinski formed Mushroom Records in 1972.
His first big signing was The Skyhooks whose album Living In the 70s spent 16 weeks at number one in 1975.
Gudinski also had huge success with artists including Split Enz, Jimmy Barnes, The Angels, Paul Kelly, The Choirboys and Yothu Yindi.
In 1987, Mushroom signed Kylie Minogue which saw her release Locomotion.
The company hooked her up with producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman, and the rest is history.
At the helm of Frontier Touring, Gudinski also brought some of the world’s biggest acts to Australia over several decades including Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney and more recently Taylor Swift.
Gudinski brought together some of Australia’s biggest artists last year at the height of the COVID pandemic for the Music From the Homefront online concert.
In January, Gudinski was behind the Sounds Better Together concert series across regional Victoria
Gudinski is survived by his wife Sue and children Matt and Kate and two grandchildren.
Jimmy Barnes was among those to pay tribute to Gudinski, tweeting that the ‘heart of Australian music was ripped out.’
“I felt it, my family felt it, the music business felt I, the world felt it. Michael Gudinski was not only that heart but he was my friend.”
“His boundless enthusiasm breathed life into our music scene. But that was just one side of Michael. He was a staunch friend, a loving father and grandfather and an adoring husband to Sue.”
Today the heart of Australian music was ripped out. I felt it, my family felt it, the music business felt it , the world felt it. Michael Gudinski was not only that heart but he was my friend. (Tweet 1/5) pic.twitter.com/Mcck1GOcrX
— Jimmy Barnes (@JimmyBarnes) March 2, 2021
This is truly devastating news. Not just for the music industry which he built nearly single handedly, but for his family, who he adored. A giant. Michael Gudinski dead aged 68, industry in shock | Herald Sun https://t.co/Z8nOGwFpQf
— David Campbell OAM (@DavidCampbell73) March 1, 2021
I am devastated by Michael Gudinski’s sudden death. He was a true champion of Australian music and the ABC. This was backstage after the Oils gig in Sydney on Thursday night. Michael was his typical boisterous, funny self. He was always so full of life. Rest In Peace, friend. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/gVpCMeYLpn
— Michael Rowland (@mjrowland68) March 2, 2021
The music has been paused with Michael Gudinski's death.
He has keep us in colour and movement for decades.
He delivered joy and more recently hope as we came out of the pandemic.
To Sue and family my profound condolences.
Vale Michael and thank you.
— Jeff Kennett (@jeff_kennett) March 2, 2021
Michael Gudinski has died but nobody can stop his music.😪👏🕊.
— FatherBob (@FatherBob) March 2, 2021